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Mel Ramos

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Mel Ramos (Sacramento, 24 luglio 1935) è un pittore statunitense. Può essere considerato uno degli ultimi esponenti della Pop Art, anche se l’ironia delle sue opere, per alcuni critici, lo pone al di fuori della categoria artistica. Anche se principalmente pittore figurativo, Mel Ramos ha sperimentato sia l’arte realista che astratta. Alcuni dei suoi lavori incarnano entrambi gli stili. Egli viene acclamato dalla critica come uno sperimentatore ironico e dissacrante. Il suo tema principale, peraltro comune ad altri esponenti del movimento pop, è la critica al consumismo, utilizzando ed esasperando il linguaggio e la tecnica dei fumetti. Mel Ramos ha ricevuto il suo primo importante riconoscimento nei primi anni ’60; dal 1959 egli ha partecipato in più di 120 mostre collettive. Insieme ad altri artisti come ad esempio Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenburg e James Rosenquist, Ramos ha prodotto opere d’arte che celebrano gli aspetti della cultura popolare, come rappresentata dai mass media. Ha partecipato alle principali mostre di Pop Art, sia in Nord America che in Europa e le sue opere sono state riprodotte, spesso spesso per la loro ironia, in libri, cataloghi, periodici.

 

 

eng-button  Mel Ramos (Sacramento, 1935)

Mel Ramos studied at the Sacramento State College where he graduated with a master’s degree in 1958. One of his teachers there was the Pop artist Wayne Thiebaud who greatly influenced him. His first paintings were in the Abstract Expressionist tradition; however, he soon began to paint comic-strip heroes and then, in the 1960s, he began to make use of images of pinup girls, a subject that made him both famous and controversial.
His first solo show was held in the Bianchini Gallery, New York, in 1964.
He has been considered as an artist making an ironic statement about America’s Dream or, rather, America’s Dream Girl. Unlike other Pop artists he is not neutral in front of mass communications: his smooth, cool images reveal the slick artificiality of advertising and its association of sex with the products it tries to sell. However, he has also been considered as an artist who makes affectionate tributes to images with a highly personal subtext.
In the 1980s he expanded his range of subjects to include landscapes, often of Tenerife and California, satirical self-portraits and even sculpture, though his pinups have continued unabated.
He was artist in residence at Syracuse University, 1970, and at the University of Wisconsin, 1973. Ramos taught at the California State University in Hayward from 1966 to 1997. In 1986 he was awarded the National Endowment for the Arts Visual Artists Fellowship Grant United States-France Exchange Fellowship.
Since 1980 he has lived in both Oakland, California, and Horta de San Juan, Spain.
His work is to be found in many public collections, including the Dallas Museum of Art; the  Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C.; the  San Francisco Museum of Modern Art;   Harvard University Art Museums, Massachusetts; the   Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indiana and the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington D.C.